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New bill would impose new penalties on animal abuse cases

LINCOLN--A person who neglects or abandons an animal would face harsher consequences if lawmakers pass a bill in the Nebraska Legislature.

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Noecker family comes together to help others

HARTINGTON — A Hartington family decided recently to honor their deceased parents in a special way. 

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Most incumbents will try to retain their seats

HARTINGTON — Most area incumbents up for election this year decided to seek another term in office. 

Laurel Mayor Mark Patefield decided two terms were enough, however. Current Laurel City Council President Keith Knudsen has decided to seek that seat. 

Patefield said he believes after eight years in office, it’s time for a change — both for him and for the city. 

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Old Tooties building will be turned into auction hall

 HARTINGTON — A local business will soon breathe new life into an old building here. 

The old Tooties Restaurant building on the north edge of Hartington is being purchased by Creamer Auction Company. The building, which has been closed for several years now, will soon be transformed into an auction hall. 

The Hartington City Council Monday accepted the recommendation of the Revolving Loan Committee and approved a $50,000 business loan to Creamer to help update and revitalize the building. 

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Cedar County Ag Society launches fund-raising effort

HARTINGTON — The Cedar County Ag Society is launching a fundraising campaign. The campaign is designed to help the group both rebuild from the 2019 flooding and improve the fairgrounds. 

On March 13, 2019, northeast Nebraska was struck with one of the worst floods in over 50 years. The Cedar County Fairgrounds took on the most damage ever received in its 100-plus year history. For two days the grounds were under water damaging buildings, wiping out roads and fences, and destroying a 56-stall livestock building. 

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Cedar girls will take on HLHF Friday night

HARTINGTON — The Cedar Catholic girls basketball team used a decisive 57-38 win to advance to this Friday’s District title game. The winner of the 7 p.m. contest against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at Norfolk High School will advance to next week’s Class D1 State Tournament. Cedar Catholic, 11-13, will be a big underdog in Friday’s game. Defeating the Humphrey Lindsay Holy Family Bulldogs won’t be an easy task, said head coach Craig Wortmann. “We are the 13th seed and HLHF is the fourth seed,” Wortmann said. Wortmann said HLHF does a good job of control

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LCC pours on the gas against Wynot

The Wynot Blue Devils travelled to Laurel to take on the Bears in their final regular season game on Friday night. This year’s reigning Lewis and Clark Conference champs had little trouble with the struggling Blue Devils as they rolled to a big 75-38 win. Laurel-Concord- Coleridge would out-rebound the Blue Devils 37-23, hit 8 three pointers and go 9 for 11 from the free throw line as they dominated every aspect of the game on their way to their 20th win of the season.

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Bill would cap insulin cost at $100 per 30-day

LINCOLN — In 1996, a vial of insulin cost $21. Today, that same exact vile is worth over $300, said Christine Fallabel from the American Diabetes Association at a hearing regarding the price of insulin Feb. 18.

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